Obituary: John C. Mallien

John C. Mallien, 56, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Saturday evening, May 14, 2016 at his home.

He was born September 8, 1959 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of John “Jack” E. Mallien and Kathryn Ann Lienau. Following his graduation in 1977 from Frankfort High School in Michigan, John joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served his country for 19 years in the Marine Corps. On August 8, 1998, he married Nancy M. Schaefer in Sturgeon Bay.

John was a talented wildlife artist who owned and operated Strawberry Creek Taxidermy in Sturgeon Bay. He ran the business for nearly 20 years until his fight with cancer became too much in 2015. John loved nature and enjoyed the outdoors where he hunted and fished. John was a kind and giving person whose infectious laugh and great cooking will be hard to forget.

He was a member of the Wisconsin Taxidermy Association and Marine Corps League Door Peninsula Detachment 1130.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Sturgeon Bay; two daughters, Leslie (Virgil) Mayo of Sturgeon Bay, Brittany Henderson of Indiana; son, Christopher Mallien of Sturgeon Bay; step-daughter, Tammy (Jeff) Jacobson of Sturgeon Bay; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his parents, Jack Mallien of Sturgeon Bay, and Kathryn Lienau of Traverse City, MI; two brothers, Mike (Linda) Mallien of Sturgeon Bay, Jaime Mallien of Traverse City, MI; two sisters, Mary (John) Helms of Florida, Anna Mallien of Frankfort, MI; brother-in-law Gary (Debbie) Anderson of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Tews of Madison; aunts, uncles other relatives and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Don Tews.

Funeral services were held May 18, 2016 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Jeff Malvetz officiating.

Friends may join the family on Friday, May 20 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Arle Memorial Clubrooms (Knights of Columbus Hall), 692 Tacoma Beach Rd., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 to help celebrate John’s life.

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